Payless has joined the fight against breast cancer, and for the month of October is dedicated in spreading the word to all. One story that particularly hits close to home is that of Cheryl Clinton, a Payless Car Sales employee, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31. Cheryl has been so kind to share her empowering story about her fight against breast cancer.
The day I found a small lump in my breast, I scheduled an appointment with my OB doctor. I was told it was probably a cyst and my doctor ordered an ultrasound. The ultrasound results determined it was a cyst. About six to nine months later I noticed the lump was larger. Alarmed, I scheduled another appointment with my OB doctor, who again told me it was still probably a cyst, but ordered another ultrasound because I felt uncomfortable. During my visit for the ultrasound, I was given a mammogram and was scheduled for a biopsy.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I cried because I was afraid; I did not know of the magnitude of the cancer. All I could do was say a prayer, dry my eyes, and walk out on faith. Sometimes it is difficult to talk about it without getting teary eyed; NOT because I am depressed or sad, but because I am extremely overjoyed with the blessings of life.
I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer (negative lymph nodes) at the age of 31 years; nine weeks before my wedding date (08/11/07). Imagine that, going for cancer treatment and planning a wedding. Just to keep the days straight, and prepare myself for what’s to come, my husband started a daily wellness chart to make us aware of my “good days” and the inevitable bad days (nausea). I also lost my hair, which was difficult to deal with, but fortunately my hair stylist specializes in alopecia/chemotherapy. She supplied me with a special wig called “lace front wig” and no one can tell the difference. To date, I feel great, look great and I’m treasuring everyday.
It’s true; this experience has changed my outlook on life. As a person, I have a greater appreciation for the important things in my life; my husband, family, and friends.